Glitches distort household items and art historical figures in sculptures by Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford


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June 25, 2021

Grace Ebert

“Garden Gipsoteca: Hercules” (2019), marble, resin, pigment, urethane foam, steel, wood, 84 x 36 x 24 inches. All images © Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford, shared with permission

Artist Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford re-imagines classical sculptures as chaotic, faulty assemblages that put together fragmented parts of the original work. His interpretation of “Hercules” teems with structured beard pockets and facial features of the figure, which become smaller and unrecognizable towards the base, while “Venus” is similarly incoherently reinterpreted with broken body parts swinging upwards.

Although much of his work is reminiscent of ancient art history, Hulsebos-Spofford’s works are rooted in modernist aesthetics and an understanding of functionality that is more obviously manifest in his oversized moka pot and Mr. Coffee sculptures. Each piece alters the traditional forms with an implied digital malfunction, the an explanation explained about the works:

Inspired by the story of the 1927 Geneva Architecture Competition, in which architects were invited to submit plans for the Palace of Nations, Hulsebos-Spofford points out the unresolved dilemmas and contradictions between classic design and modernist functionalism. The repetition of classic sculptural figures reminds us of multiple copy-and-paste mistakes referring to the history of the Gipsoteca galleries … Behind all these references we are presented with a global constellation of history and technological decay.

If you are in Chicago, you can use the work shown here as part of League of Nationsfrom June 2nd to August 29th in Chicago Cultural Center. More sculptures by Hulsebos-Spofford can be found on his side and Instagram, where he also gives insights into his process.

“Hyperlexia: Venus” (2021), marble, resin, foam and fiberglass, 40 x 30 x 24 inches

“Mr. Coffee” (2019), sandblasting, resin, urethane foam, steel, hardware and wood, 68 x 48 x 24 inches

Detail from “Garden Gipsoteca: Hercules” (2019), marble, resin, pigment, urethane foam, steel, wood, 84 x 36 x 24 inches

“Hyperlexia: Moka” (2020), aluminum, resin, foam and fiberglass, 41 x 40 x 14 inches

“Hyperlexia: Solicitude” (2021), foam, pigment, and wood, 48 x 36 x 36 inches

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